This week we began our new series titled, Be One. Make One. Throughout our series, we will be talking not only about what it means to be a disciple, but also what it means to make disciples.
To kick things off, young adult pastor Chase Moore sat down with senior pastor Jimmy Seibert to talk about what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus.
Discipleship is one person helping others become lifelong, obedient followers of Jesus who, in turn, help others do the same.
DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT ENCOUNTERING JESUS.
The goal of a disciple is not to do the right thing. The goal is to be with Jesus. If we re-align our goal and set our hearts on knowing Jesus, He will reveal Himself to us. Ultimately, discipleship leads us into greater relationship with Jesus.
DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT ABIDING.
As disciples, we are also called to abide. To abide means to remain. We are called to remain in Jesus; meaning we are bringing Him into every aspect of our day. From the seemingly little things, like which road to take on the way to lunch, to life’s big decisions, invite Jesus in. He cares about us, and He wants to lead us into the goodness He has for us.
TO BE A DISCIPLE, THER NEEDS TO BE SURRENDER.
Discipleship starts with surrender. In the Bible, we see Jesus call His disciples to leave everything to follow Him. Similarly, we are called to surrender our vocation, finances, relationships and reputation. The idea of surrender can seem intimidating, but we will always find Jesus to be faithful and to lead us.
When we lay our vocation aside and allow Jesus to be central, He will actually empower us for our vocation. If we idolize our relationships, we’ll miss Jesus. We need to put Jesus first in order to love people well. When we surrender our reputation, we find our identity, and we step into all Jesus has for us.
IN RESPONSE //
- Surrender // Ask God if there is an area of your life you are needing to surrender. If we are willing to lay everything down at the feet of Jesus, we will surely find Him to be enough.
- Risk // Ask God what He is calling you into in this season. Whatever it is, say “yes.” Our next ‘yes’ unlocks doors in the Kingdom.